heavy bomber


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heavy bomber

[′hev·ē ′bäm·ər]
(aerospace engineering)
Any large bomber considered to be relatively heavy, such as a bomber having a gross weight, including bomb load, of 250,000 pounds (113,000 kilograms) or more, as the B-36 and the B-52.
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Halverson's heavy bombers apparently surprised the Italians who had just fought off the RAF torpedo bombers.
From January 1942 to the end of the war, the Royal Air Force spent 56 percent of its heavy bomber sorties on city-area bombing.
The Tuskegee Airmen's 332d was one of seven fighter groups assigned to escort the heavy bombers of the Fifteenth Air Force.
Some elements of the network are already functioning in Afghanistan, including the transfer of live video from Predator unmanned reconnaissance aircraft to AC-130 gunships and real-time retargeting of heavy bombers.
Ironically, the American Forts were the only heavy bomber support provided to the Canadians on the beaches at Dieppe that day.
He was also a World War II hero, serving as a bomber pilot from 1939, flying first on low-level daylight raids and then as a member of the elite Pathfinder Force, which marked the targets for the main force during the heavy bomber offensive.
Supporters cited the multibillion-dollar investment in technology that created the B-2 and the importance to American national security of its heavy bomber fleet, made up largely of B-1Bs and 40-year-old B-52s.
See the XF-85 Goblin, a strange experiment in aircraft design, using a 'parasitic' mini-jet aircraft that would detach from a heavy bomber for defense, then return and dock with the bomber.
In fact, he sets up the premise well by killing off Hermann Goring during the Battle of Britain and allowing Gen Walther Wever, the leading proponent for the development of a four-engine heavy bomber, to survive (in reality, he died in 1936).
Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom TourFeaturing extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft including the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine'' WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft'' WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter.